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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 25, 2007 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

May 24th was a very special day. My Mother's and Bob Dylan's Birthday. Dylan -- arguably the best song writer of our time. My Mom -- The best mom in the world, as she has three Dead Head children under her umbrella.

When I was fifteen, we were driving in the car, I had a Dead tape in the deck. She said, "Why the hell do all my children listen to that weird music?" CLASSIC. I popped the tape out and Positively 4th Street was on Rock 107. That song has rung chapters in my mind, I have always been drawn to Dylan and that song. "And oh how I know you're dissatisfied with your position and your place..." Those words.

In an interview with D. Gans and B. Jackson, Jerry said (off the top of my head) "Dylan is the best at writing a song about something -- he hits the nail on the head...Positively 4th Street is a terrific blend of ugly and beautiful. Dylan has that knack for telling someone they're an ass hole in a beuatiful fashion...and that only Dylan can do." Please don't shoot me for the para-phrase, it's close enough.

Some of my favorite tunes:

Pos 4th St
Hard Rain
Tangled Up In Blue
Tom Thumb's Blues
You're A Big Girl Now
Idiot Wind
If You See Her Say Hello
Girl From The N. Country
One Of Us Must Know
4th Time Around
Up To Me
The Mighty Quinn

3 Killer Albums:
Blonde On Blonde
Blood On The Tracks
Nashville Skyline

Fav Concert Memory:
6.24.95 RFK (my 19th b day) Dylan opened up, we got in early, GA on the field. I thought Dylan played well and everyone was having fun. There were so many balloons flying around. During Tangled Up In Blue, I could have swore he sang, "Tangled up in balloons." Some sweet memories. Bruce was on hand that night, which was my last Dead show.

Anyone else want to share? Dylan has shaped us all -- one way or million others.

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Poster: Scrim Date: May 25, 2007 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

It's easy to out-sing Bob Dylan, but you can't out-write him

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 25, 2007 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

I like Modern Times. Heres the words to 'aint talkin'

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine
I was passing by yon cool crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through this weary world of woe
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
No one on earth would ever know

They say prayer has the power to heal
So pray from the mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I am a-tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain't going well

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
I'll burn that bridge before you can cross
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
There'll be no mercy for you once you've lost

Now I'm all worn down by weeping
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry
If I catch my opponents ever sleeping
I'll just slaughter 'em where they lie

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through the world mysterious and vague
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' through the cities of the plague.

Well, the whole world is filled with speculation
The whole wide world which people say is round
They will tear your mind away from contemplation
They will jump on your misfortune when you're down

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Eatin' hog eyed grease in a hog eyed town.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Some day you'll be glad to have me around.

They will crush you with wealth and power
Every waking moment you could crack
I'll make the most of one last extra hour
I'll revenge my father's death then I'll step back

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Hand me down my walkin' cane.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Got to get you out of my miserable brain.

All my loyal and my much-loved companions
They approve of me and share my code
I practice a faith that's been long abandoned
Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
My mule is sick, my horse is blind.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Thinkin' 'bout that gal I left behind.

Well, it's bright in the heavens and the wheels are flyin'
Fame and honor never seem to fade
The fire gone out but the light is never dyin'
Who says I can't get heavenly aid?

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Carryin' a dead man's shield
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' with a toothache in my heel

The sufferin' is unending
Every nook and cranny has its tears
I'm not playing, I'm not pretending
I'm not nursin' any superfluous fears

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Walkin' ever since the other night.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walkin' 'til I'm clean out of sight.

As I walked out in the mystic garden
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn
Excuse me, ma'am, I beg your pardon
There's no one here, the gardener is gone

Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Up the road, around the bend.
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
In the last outback at the world's end.

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Poster: patkelley Date: May 25, 2007 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

I remember a couple Dylan shows where he was so drunk that he could hardly stand. His bands always rock, though, and if anyone deserves to be drunk, it's him.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: May 25, 2007 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

You are correct in your assessment of Dylan's contributions to music. They're clearly demonstrated by how many of his songs the GD/Jerry covered.

I'll give my most recent Dylan concert experience, but it's not a glowing review at all. He did a tour late last summer of small minor league ballparks around the country, and here in Frederick, MD he played @ Harry Grove Stadium. There was a small bluegrass outfit that was up first---I don't recall their name---and I thought they kicked ass. The popular alt-country artist Junior Brown was up next, and he was really who I was there to see; his set kicked ass as well. Then there was Jimmy Vaughn, Stevie Ray's brother, and he put on quite a nice blue's performance. BUT, then there was Dylan. There were maybe 5-6 other musicians on stage with him playing keyboards. Now while I understand that artists have to rework their songs so they don't become stale, I found his entire performance to be SHIT!!! He did a few of his new songs, but all of his classics that were played just didn't work out. His voice has never been great, but I found I wasn't able to understand a word he sang. If I didn't already know the words to these songs, it would have just made it worse.

Also, there was this ridiculous ban on taking pictures of him on stage. There were all of these security people who would jump over the barrier yelling at you to stop taking photos or they'd take your camera. I'm sure Dylan's people had nothing to do with this, but all of the water fountains were turned off around the stadium, so you had to buy bottled water @ $4.00 a pop---this just made it that much less of a pleasant experience for me. I seriously considered writing to both Dylan's management company, and the stadium management to ask for at least half of my money back because I was so disappointed; I felt that half of the ticket price was justified for my thorough enjoyment of the artists be fore Dylan.

I guess I'll stick to listening to his albums from back in the day---they're much nicer to listen to.

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Poster: Fishead Date: May 25, 2007 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

"I'm sure Dylan's people had nothing to do with this"

why are you so sure ...dylan has always banned recording//photos ..etc

he's camera shy...you didn't know that ...

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Poster: tree-ap Date: May 25, 2007 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

No, I was talking about the water fountain situation---I HOPE they had nothing to do with that. It was made quite clear on the ticket and in the hand bills about the "Main Act's Management policy" that no picture taking was permitted.

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Poster: Fishead Date: May 25, 2007 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

oh now i see ..i kinda merged your sentences ...;)

i think you gotta expect the water fountains to be turned off....it's logical ...plus why do you wanna drink piss water anyway....no thank u!!!!

and as far as dylan goes ..he's old --can't expect much from him anymmore....but i agree he's not worth seeing live anymore....

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 25, 2007 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

Thanks for sharing. Which albums from back in the day?

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Poster: tree-ap Date: May 25, 2007 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

Bringing it all Back Home
Blonde On Blonde
Hwy 61
Nashville Skyline
The "Live 1966" released in '97 or '98??? was good live material.

I never really heard much after Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, so i can't comment on anything after say '73.

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Poster: snori Date: May 25, 2007 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

3 favourite tunes - Hard Rain, Gates of Eden, I Want You (that one is just too funny). 3 favourite albums - Highway 61, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the tracks.

I saw Dylan just once at a day-long outdoor show at Blackbushe Aerodrome, about 30 miles south of London. Also on the bill were Joan Armatrading, a reggae band (possibly Steel Pulse, my memory is weak on this one) Graham Parker and the Rumour, and an Eric Clapton Band.

This was back in 1978, his voice was strong, the band included some brass, and they were giving old favourites new arrangements. Clapton joined in towards the end and on the encore - The times they are a-changin'.

It was a great day, and a couple of years ago I found a double CD audience recording which isn't too bad to relive the show.

BTW Stilldead did you get anywhere with your request about the 8 Garcia discs ? I downloaded them, only in mp3, but if you have no better offers I'll copy and send.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 25, 2007 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

Nice account. You can e-mail me at jopoems{at}hotmail

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 25, 2007 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

Albums that deserve mention:

Desire (come on - Bob w/ Emmylou!)
Before the Flood (double disc live with The Band)
John Wesley Harding

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 25, 2007 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

Yes, yes and another yes.

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Poster: patkelley Date: May 25, 2007 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dylan Tunes, Albums and Concert Memories

I think my favorite Dylan CD is "Real Live" from 1984. It's a weird choice, I realize, but I like it nonetheless. Blonde on Blonde or "Time Out of Mind" would be my favorite studio CDs. "Real Live" rocks, with Mick Taylor and Santana on guitar on various tracks.